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French animation by Michel Ocelot is a storytelling masterclass
For Christmas, I received a little gem – the DVD Tales of the Night by celebrated French animator Michel Ocelot. It's based on the very simple device of story within story: a young man, woman and older technician meet in an abandoned cinema and collaborate together to create and act in (or perhaps animate – this is left open) a series of delightful short stories. See why storytelling communicates so well, and recognize the creative process for storytellers down the millenia.
Creation to Christ smartphone app is available on Android and iOS
GEM's simple 'flipbook' smartphone evangelistic app that summarizes the sweep of the biblical narrative is now available on Android and iOS, and in multiple languages.
Free study resources for 12 YEARS A SLAVE 2013 movie
This powerful and dramatic film by British director Steve McQueen is based on the amazing true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War USA, Solomon Northup (played by Londoner Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. Damaris offers free downloadable video and text study resources for Christian groups.
John 3:16 – The Most Quoted Verse of the Bible
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. – John 3:16 If we ever memorize a verse of Scripture, it will most likely be John 3:16. It is the verse most often heard in the simplicity and beauty […]
Paying it forward - moving YouTube story demonstrates biblical principle
You may have seen the Kevin Spacey movie Pay it Forward, which illustrates the biblical principle (in both OT and NT) of the far-reaching effects of random acts of kindness performed with no expectation of return. Indeed, it is acts of mercy that often pave the way for people to even hear the good news, as the Gray Matrix concept graphically demonstrates. This moving short Thai film portrays the same thing...
Mobile phones: the future for missions and evangelism
Because mobiles reach everywhere, everyone can be reached. Here's an example of sharing the good news in a 'Creative Access Nation', reported by the Mobile Advance missions resource site...
Vital new book THE SOCIAL MEDIA GOSPEL - Sharing the Good News in New Ways
You may know Meredith Gould as the person behind the #chsocm Twitter hashtag, for discussing all things church/social media. So Dr Gould knows her stuff! She is an established author, sociologist and social media consultant, with digital experience going back to the beginning of the Internet. But this is not an academic book – it's highly readable, laced with whimsical humor – and provides a valuable introduction to any church leader or member who is considering whether, or how, to start out or develop a social media strategy.
Jesus Myths video series released by Focus apologetics ministry
The latest series of video shorts from UK apologetics ministry Focus is now available online and on DVD. Titled Jesus Myths, "it unpacks the modern world’s myths about Jesus, and gets at the facts behind the fictions," says Focus founder Dave Couchman.
Churches miss great opportunity for effective evangelism
Tim Stevens' book 'Pop Goes the Church' makes an inspiring case for leveraging pop culture to reach out to people in the language of their lives, with compelling biblical backing for this approach. He offers a new perspective that give relevance and impact to the church by using popular culture – stories from movies and music – to point people to the gospel.
Prof. Brian Sturm explains how storytelling actually works
Choose your comfiest chair, make yourself a tasty coffee (or other beverage as preferred) and settle down for a 45-minute journey with Professor Brian Sturm to learn more about story. Sturm presents storytelling as a way of organizing information, conveying emotions, and building community. A model of storytelling as altered state of consciousness (the story trance) is presented that includes 16 portals to altered states.